Signed first printing of the 5th book in the global phenomenon fantasy series.
Fine in fine jacket.
The Harry Potter series slides into a darker tone with this book, starting after the loss of innocence marked by a major death in the previous book (GOBLET OF FIRE) and deepening as the Death Eaters gain power. The Harry Potter series has been the biggest literary phenomenon of our lifetime: the books have been formative for millions, including the many readers who also reject Rowling's transphobic statements. By the time of this book's preparation, Rowling's fame was so immense that the process of simply receiving the manuscript was acted out like an espionage operation. In an interview with Philip Errington, the CEO of Bloomsbury, Nigel Newton, met Rowling's agent at a pub to hand off the manuscript: "I went in and there was a massive Sainsbury's plastic carrier bag at his feet... he said nothing about that and I said nothing [...] But when we left I walked out with the carrier bag. It was a classic dead letter drop." Rowling's public signings greatly decreased after the 4th book, with the result that the later installments are common in the first edition but uncommon signed.
Read more: Errington, J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography, A12(a).
(London): Bloomsbury, (2003). 7.75'' x 5''. Original color pictorial boards with illustrations by Jason Cockroft. In original unclipped (£16.99) color pictorial dust jacket with same design. 766 pages. Signed by Rowling in blue ink on title page. Color promotional book mark with 21 June 2003 release date laid in. Leaves faintly and uniformly toned, as usual; jacket with just the barest wrinkling around edges, not visible in archival protective sleeve.
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